Our February mission of the month is the Day by Day Warming Shelter. This shelter was founded in 2011 by community members who were concerned about the lack of safe, temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness in the Oshkosh area. With the support of local government, police, fire, faith communities, and area foundations, the shelter was formed. Their mission is “to provide temporary, overnight shelter, evaluate guest needs to offer guidance toward independence, and advocate for collaborative, locally-driven solutions to reduce homelessness.” The shelter is located at 449 High Avenue and is open mid-October through mid-April and serves all men and women over the age of 18 who have no other housing options. Besides providing safe overnight shelter, they also provide a warm evening meal, a breakfast bag to go, hot showers, laundry services, hygiene items, bus tokens, and volunteer medical and case management services.
The Day by Day Warming Shelter would not exist without the support of the entire community. Volunteers prepare and serve the daily meal and assist with many other services and projects which keep the shelter operating. Financial donations are always appreciated, but there are other ways to help out. Matt Johnson, the executive director of the shelter, will be at Wesley on Sunday, February 10, to tell us more about the work there. Also, check out the display table in the narthex for more information on the shelter and other areas of need. The mission team is also looking into possibilities for a “hands-on” project at the shelter. Watch Sunday bulletins for details.